Dept. of Speculation

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Dept of Speculation They used to send each other letters The return address was always the same Dept of Speculation They used to be young brave and giddy with hopes for their future They got married had a child and s
  • Title: Dept. of Speculation
  • Author: Jenny Offill
  • ISBN: 9781847088734
  • Page: 209
  • Format: Hardcover
  • They used to send each other letters The return address was always the same Dept of Speculation They used to be young, brave, and giddy with hopes for their future They got married, had a child, and skated through all the small calamities of family life But then, slowly, quietly something changes As the years rush by, fears creep in and doubts accumulate until finalThey used to send each other letters The return address was always the same Dept of Speculation They used to be young, brave, and giddy with hopes for their future They got married, had a child, and skated through all the small calamities of family life But then, slowly, quietly something changes As the years rush by, fears creep in and doubts accumulate until finally their life as they know it cracks apart and they find themselves forced to reassess what they have lost, what is left, and what they want now Written with the dazzling lucidity of poetry, Dept of Speculation navigates the jagged edges of a modern marriage to tell a story that is darkly funny, surprising and wise.
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    I read basically the entire novel 1 I tried to read it in a single sitting, but my wife kept yelling at me 2 I kept getting lost in the index 3 It s pithy Very pithy Maybe too damn pithy 4 It s a novel about a writer who wants to write a novel 5 It is very much about how it feels to have bedbugs 6 It s as compact and mysterious as a charred heel bone 7 It s as if Roz Chast slowly lost her sense of humor 8 If your average book is a sandwich, this is a panini maker 9 Notes 1 My favorite review of [...]

    If you are tired of everything you possess, imagine that you have lost all these things John Berryman once wrote let all flowers wither like a party Nothing lasts, even the things we love most and nurture and care for must pass, but this is not cause for sadness but merely a reason to look into each moment and let ourselves feel the emotion coursing through them Dept of Speculation by Jenny Offill, writer of the marvelous children s book and staple of my daughter s bedtime routine Sparky , deliv [...]

    Indulging in my love of audio books has become challenging since I quit my job, and no longer have a two and a half hour commute to get lost in a dreamy book I ve taken to having a special ME day once a week The ritual revolves around my complicated and needy hair The process of pre shampooing, washing, deep conditioning, detangling, and finally braiding my hair into tiny segments occupies about 3 4 hours sometimes I used to put it off until I absolutely had a knotted mess on my hands I decided [...]

    Essentially, Offill carries out a kind of emotional autopsy on a young woman trying to divide her energies between bringing up a young child and keeping a husband happy without sacrificing her commitment to succeeding as a writer The original format of this novel it s written as a kind of literary scrapbook of musings, quotes and insights reminded me at times of Fellini s brilliant film about the fount of inspiration, 8 Like the film director in Fellini s film, Offill s writer is bereft of inspi [...]

    She thinks before she acts Or properly she thinks instead of acts A character flaw not a virtue Dept Of Speculation is a short novel of a marriage It s told in 46 chapters composed of short paragraphs and almost aphoristic lines and quotes in 160 compact pages The narrator, the Wife, goes from being a young woman who considers being an Art Monster, a person who lives solely for the creation of their art, to a wife and a mother It s set mostly in Brooklyn, but that shouldn t be held against it I [...]

    True confession I will probably never press a copy of Jenny Offill s Dept of Speculation into anyone s hot little hands It doesn t matter anyway The thing landed on, like, every Best Of 2014 list in the universe, probably even half assedly scribbled onto fast food napkins But here s the thing I didn t just love this book, I fucking loved it I felt passionate and heart beaty about it I touched words on pages and sighed like they were images in a yearbook or whatever I turned my copy into origami, [...]

    There are blowsy baroque behemoths that spill the entire contents of the fridge onto your reading table and let you do the cooking, and the clearing up afterwards too sometimes , and then there are the delicate offerings, the distilled essence from the alembic, an extract that carries, within a tiny drop, sweetness, tartness, acidity, all at once Potent Searing Jewel like droplets that set the mouth ablaze and the mind reeling.This is sensational.Offill dispenses with all the conventional trappi [...]

    When I first pulled a copy of Renata Adler s Pitch Dark off the dollar remainder shelves at the Strand sometime in the early 90s, I was intrigued, mystified Que es esto I was slaloming between the poles of philosophy and literature at the time and trying to get them to merge in some elegant way or at least not crash into a tree I was grabbed there on 12th Street by how she alluded to Wittgenstein and Nabokov back to back, insisting that they belonged together, not to mention Scheherazade and a t [...]

    The subject of this book is the same as Elena Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment the husband strays yet the writing couldn t have been handled differently To write like Ferrante you need a grasp of literature.To write like Offill you need an American education and access to the internet Ferrante wears her education lightly there are little, if any references to great writers.Offill doesn t let you forget who she s in touch with.Offill talks a lot about art.Ferrante asks you to judge whether she [...]

    The plot depiction is disjointed and resembles the ramblings of a bi polar patient off his her meds Typically it sounds like the ramblings of a person in couples therapy when only one partner shows up I would like to talk about the redeeming graces of this novelette, but I could find none, It was like picking up someone s private daily journal and finding that it s really only meaningful to the person writing it Unfortunately, this material just did not engage me The text that explains the origi [...]

    Onvan Dept of Speculation Nevisande Jenny Offill ISBN 385350813 ISBN13 9780385350815 Dar 179 Safhe Saal e Chap 2014

    Ten Reasons Why You Should Read This Extraordinary Book10 Because it has one of the coolest back cover endorsements by Michael Cunningham you will ever see.9 Because by reading you will challenge this 1896 advice to wives, quoted in the book The indiscriminate reading of novels is one of the most injurious habits to which a married woman can be subject Besides the false views of human nature it will impart, it produces an indifference to the performance of domestic duties, and contempt for ordin [...]

    This is an intriguing book, but quite a difficult one to assess and review At first it seemed like an almost random stream of disconnected short paragraphs, but it soon becomes clear that the book has a core narrative that tells what would otherwise be a fairly humdrum and universal story of a failing marriage The plot is the least important thing in this book it is full of memorable observations and thoughts on a wide variety of subjects.It falls loosely into two halves the first is told from t [...]

    There are so many novels which are really memoirs but are given to us as novels because memoirs are like oh, what makes you think your life is so interesting I might want to read about it and novels are yay A new novel I will bet one thousand of my British poundsthat Jenny Offill really did have a bug infestation in her apartment and really did have a daughter who broke both her wrists Novels I read recently which are really also memoirs are A Question of Upbringing, The Wallcreeper, The Adventu [...]

    My rating oscillates between 3 and 4 stars Thin slices of married life as viewed through a microscope, agitated cells of a wife s emotional life swirling on the page A mix of memories and inner thoughts, striking moments and philosophical quotes, the whole should have risen as a symphony yet it didn t quite do that in the end for me The book felt a little bit rushed and disjointed and coming apart at the seams Jenny Offill jumped ahead through the years a little abruptly at times and I often fel [...]

    This short story reminds me of the first big hill on a wooden roller coaster You know how the train jolts as it starts to move Then you hear that ominous, click click clack click click clack as the chain slowly pulls the cars up the steep hill The suspense builds Half way through this book, be prepared for a hard, fast, drop, straight down The story accelerates until your stomach flies up into your throat Before you know it, it is all over and you re left stunned and dazed The main characters ha [...]

    Very nice, subtle novel The prose is clear, stripped back and easy to follow, it s very incidental and smooth I don t know, reading this novel feels like that moment when you slip into a hot bath and suddenly everything is alright The words swash around you with their calming violence, constantly bobbling and trickling along with their nonchalant rhythm This is a wonderful piece I m saddend that people haven t read this I truly recommend it.

    I found myself gasping at the sheer beauty and conciseness of Offill s sentences This book can be devoured in two hours, or you can languish in it over many sittings or both It s about love and loneliness and grief and joy and fidelity and beauty and depression and mania and motherhood and writing The shifting points of view were subtle yet profound, and, despite the darkness and sadness of the story, when I closed the book, I was left alert and attentive, alive Highly recommended.

    Well this book broke me into pieces I just felt super connected to the main character and even though I am not married and I don t have any children I was still able to put myself in that characters shoes The author did a great job at this This was a fast, short, easy read that was super interesting and made you think and feel greatly

    This novel is some kind of magic trick I don t know how else to explain how this envelope of a book, like a genie s lamp, contains so much story, truth, heartbreak, and wisdom It left as big an impression as a tome, and in 160 odd pages that is something special.

    the writing is excellent, but the story marriage baby infidelity unpleasantness just makes me wanna open myself with a sword

    1 star I really hated it.DNF d at 10% a whopping 15 minutes of reading, maybe Turns out it is a collection of random gibberish Here are two excerpts that speak for themselves To live in a city is to be forever flinching The Buddhists say there are 121 states of consciousness Of these, only three involve misery or suffering Most of us spend our time moving back and forth between these three Blue jays spend every Friday with the devil, the old lady at the park told me You need to get out of that s [...]

    A couple of friends had recommended this book to me and then Karen s review stating its contradistinction to Elena Ferrante s The Days of Abandonment sent me, intrigued, to immediately request it from the library With very similar stories, the writing couldn t be different I m not always a fan of minimalist writing and in the beginning I didn t think I was going to care for it here But then not too far along, something clicked and I got it There s a major difference to the stories themselves, b [...]

    An unnamed Brooklyn writer and teacher meets a man, has a child with him and then discovers he s cheating on her.Sounds familiar, right What makes this slim novel so memorable is the way the story unfolds in a series of vignettes that can be anything from a quote from a poem to an odd historical fact to haiku like observations about life Reading the book takes work Images recur, characters known by their titles the philosopher, the almost astronaut come and go, and we re left to connect the dots [...]

    There s a tricky point of view thing in this in which early on the husband is addressed as you and then, when husband and wife experience marital difficulties, the intimacy of that direct address is lost he s called he until the very end, midway through the final page it s not really a spoiler , when the husband is addressed as you again And that s exactly the sort of thing that maybe kept me from giving this four stars although it superficially presents a real reality it does so through a scrim [...]

    Original Sometimes Hilarious Absorbing and beautifully tenderly absurd slim novel that strikes a cord of truth.A meaningful story Reveals the light within the darkness A one sitting read

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